Litland.com Book Reviews
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on the Discussions!
Welcome to Litland.comís book
reviews! On this page we will introduce you to both new
and treasured book titles and authors whose work can be
one of your tools in the character education of your
child or student. With 2000-3000 childrenís books
published every month, it is difficult to narrow this
down to just a few!
We first look to books geared at the
middle or high school reader. Our desire is to find
newly released or Indie books with which you might not
yet be familiar. For most series, we will likely just
review the first book of the series so you can determine
your interest in it, and leave the remainder of the
series to the family to review. It is our intention that
the content of our reviews be appropriate for most
readers age 8 and above. However, do note that reviews
for books will identify elements for parental awareness,
and we recommend younger readers use this site with
their parent. It is our hope that families will
establish their own ďfamily book clubĒ, finding books
that members of all ages can enjoy together.
and recommended book buys just might help you choose a
few of those books.
Publishers, book sellers and libraries have their own
classifications of recommended age and grade levels. We
have found that these vary drastically within their own
system (i.e. a book initially recommended for ages 9-12
is now recommended ages 5-8). Another new phenomena is
the elimination of middle school, tween and teen
categories, with a movement to classify books either as
children/young readers, or young adults (ages 10+). More
discussion on this can be found under our
Parents and Teachers page. However, Litland.comís
classification will focus on readers approximately age
9-14 as middle-school and tween-aged, looking for plots
where characters deal with problems appropriately.
Separately, we will review books for teens age 14+ in
which characters deal with life issues.
Occasionally we run into a popular book that may not
clearly fit our character-formation model but is
included in school reading programs, marketed heavily to
the child and teacher, or otherwise might be of
interest. These might necessitate the parent and child
deciding together whether it should be read, and we will
indicate so whenever possible.
Letís begin! Click on an age category which will link
you to its reading list. From there, you can find the
publisherís description of the book, our reviews and
more detailed thoughts, and suggestions for related
curriculum activities to make reading fun!
(For more suggested reading,
visit our bookstore.)